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Jun 21

Nutrient Guide For Veg Cannabis Plant

Nutrient Guide For A Cannabis Plant In The Vegetative Stage

Nutrients are an important factor that every grower must consider during both the vegetative and flowering stage, the correct nutrients will allow your plant to fulfill its true growth potential and provide you with the maximum yield possible. This piece of information will be solely focused on the importance of nutrients during the vegetative stage. There are three main nutrients that you will need to provide your plant with during the vegetative stage as they are essential to plant growth, they are nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K).

healthy cannabis plant

 

If you have already purchased nutrients then go ahead and check the package or bottle for the N-P-K fertilizer ratio which will tell you how much of each nutrient is contained within the bottle. If you still don’t understand the ratio then look at this example, if there is an NPK formula such as 10-25-10 this means that the ingredients are 10% nitrogen (N), 25% phosphorous (P) and 10% potassium (K) and 55% inert ingredients. Nitrogen is responsible for keeping the plants green, it also feeds new shoots and aids with the early stages of plant growth. Phosphorous is also very important and builds healthy roots and also promotes flowering, in their natural environment plants will acquire phosphorous from decaying organisms in their surrounding area however you will need to provide this via nutrients. Potassium is key in the formation of chlorophyll and other plant compounds, it also improves disease resistance and overall plant health which is vital if you want to maintain a healthy plant to maximize the quality of your final yield.

When choosing a fertilizer remember that more is not always better as plants can only absorb a certain amount of nutrients at a time, this is why organic fertilizers which release nutrients over an extended period of time are more effective than chemical fertilizers which overload the plant with nutrients only for most of it to be washed away. It is also important to check the pH of your soil before adding any nutrients, nutrients are most available if your soil pH is in the sweet spot of 6.0 – 6.5.

cannabis nutrient burn

In the veg stage you will generally aim to provide your cannabis plant with a high amount of nitrogen, a medium amount of phosphorous and a high amount of potassium. This is not the only nutrient ratio that works well for cannabis plants I have just found that this is best suited to the veg stage, also when you are in the veg stage you should be careful not to use any nutrients which release overtime as they will inadvertently give your plant too much nitrogen when you are in the flowering period. Some growing guides also suggest that you push your plants to the boundaries of how much nutrient they can absorb to maximize the benefits, if you are giving your plants enough nutrient to cause nutrient burn then you are definitely doing it wrong in my opinion. A healthy cannabis plant should not be showing any signs of nutrient deficiency either, if you keep it in that sweet spot then you should see the best results for your plant.

For more information on nutrient deficiency and how to avoid or remedy them click the following links.

Nitrogen Deficiency

Boron Deficiency

 

Recommended Nutrients –  Fox Farm Liquid Nutrient Trio Soil Formula

The Fox Farm Trio is perfect for all of your growing needs.

Start with Grow Big Hydro for abundant green growth.

Switch to Tiger Bloom at the first sign of bud set or flowering.

Use Big Bloom throughout all growing cycles to heal root systems and increase nutrient cycling.

Ideal for mature, late-season flowers and fruit.

Start with Grow Big Hydro for abundant green growth.

Switch to Tiger Bloom at the first sign of bud set or flowering.

Use Big Bloom throughout all growing cycles to heal root systems and increase nutrient cycling.

Ideal for mature, late-season flowers and fruit.

Convenient three-pack of top liquid fertilizers for hydroponics.

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